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NCES Releases 2004 Public Library Data and Report

Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released an ED TABS report, Public Libraries in the U.S., FY 2004. Today, NCES released the data file underlying that publication. LRS staff will begin to analyze these data and will produce issues of FAST FACTS as well as manuscripts to be submitted to library magazines and journals. Links to all NCES publications and data files on public libraries may be accessed at:

If you have a research question which might be answerable utilizing basic data about the outlets, staffing, revenues, expenditures, collections, technology, and/or service outputs of the nation’s public libraries, please contact us.


Easy Access to Key Public Library Statistics

We’ve added a new section to the public library statistical tools on the LRS-Interactive section of our site. Now it is possible to access–with the click of a single button–a set of selected statistics which summarize the general health of a public library. These “bell-weather” statistics were chosen based on the findings of a thorough analysis of the latest Colorado public library statistics. It’s available at the bottom of the pages of each of the historical tools found at, and on the 2005 data page (


Bibliostat CONNECT Discounts Available to Colorado Public Libraries

The Library Research Service has secured with Informata (Baker & Taylor) a set amount of credit to be used toward individual-library subscriptions to Bibliostat Connect at a 50% discount. This offer is available on a first-come-first-served basis for a limited time to Colorado public libraries. Interested libraries may contact Trevor Allred at or 801-756-3000 for more information.

Bibliostat Connect is a Web-based tool that allows libraries to conduct quick, easy, and graphical peer comparisons using FSCS (national), PLDS, state, and Census data. These comparisons can then be used in budget proposals or presentations to secure additional resources and to identify strengths and weaknesses for planning purposes. An annual subscription includes unlimited software access within the library, toll-free technical support, and on-line tutorials and help. See the brochure link below for additional information.

Our thanks to Chris Brogan at the Arapahoe Library District who initiated the discussion with LRS that led to this offer.


2005 Public Library Stats Finalized

After months of reporting, reviewing, and verifying the 2005 Colorado Public Library Annual Report is complete and the data finalized.

Look for the latest public library statistics on at:

Statistics and Input-Output Measures for Colorado Public Libraries

Colorado Public Library Interactive Statistics

And for a perspective over time, try the Colorado Public Library Historic Statistics

Thanks to all the respondents who provided additional information as I worked through the reams of edit checks. Working together we?ve collected data that is useful to the entire public library community.

Remember, it is never too early to start planning for this year?s report. Many of the statistics on the annual report require year-round planning. We?ve got tools and strategies for making data collection easier for you and your staff. For example, the LRS Random Date Generator <> is a great tool for determining the dates for periodic data collection.

If you need help with your data collection or have questions about the annual report, please feel free to contact us anytime. We?re always happy to help.


Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2005 Fast Facts

The new Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2005 Fast Facts has been posted. This Fast Facts not only looks at challenged materials in Colorado public libraries in 2005, but at some trends over the years as well.


2005 Public Library Metro Report

The 2005 Public Library Metro Report has been posted on at: This report includes selected statistics for Colorado libraries located in metropolitan areas (map, definition) and with total operating expenditures exceeding $1 million.

We welcome your comments and questions. This is considered preliminary data, so please share any corrections you would like to make before Friday, June 2, 2006.


Salaries of Librarians and Other Professionals Working in Libraries Fast Facts

LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.


Colorado Public Library Statistics Available

The 2005 Colorado Public Library Statistics are now available. Go to to see preliminary results. Interactive statistics are available at


Home-Based Education and Colorado Public Libraries

The ” Home-Based Education and Colorado Public Libraries” Fast Facts has been posted. This issue focuses on the relationship between public libraries in Colorado and curriculum material for home-based education.


Materials Spending of Comparable Front Range Libraries

Steve Wasiekco of the City of Aurora, Library, Recreation & Cultural Services created a report demonstrating the annual materials spending for the years 2000-2006 of selected front range public libraries based on data supplied by each library.

The study is titled “Materials Spending of Comparable Front Range Libraries” and is located in our Field Intitiated Studies section at


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